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Success for Blyth Barracudas who claim West Midlands crown

Solihull Editorial 17th Dec, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

BLYTHE Barracudas have been crowned Division Two champions of the National Arena League West Midlands after a landslide win at Round Three of the finals on Saturday.

Following two closely fought rounds, Blythe lay unbeaten and were in a strong second position in the league table going into the final at the Pingles Leisure Centre.

And in what was an electric atmosphere, Blythe’s A swimmers crushed their opponents with 14 first places, 12 second places and 10 third places to be crowned champions over rivals Wolverhampton.

The whole team put in phenomenal performances but special mentions must go to 12-year-old Charlotte Rigg, who triumphed in the 13 and under girls 100 butterfly by three seconds, and 13-year-old Leo Sarigins, who was in superb form by taking the 13 and under boys 100m breaststroke title.

Elsewhere, 14-year-old Victoria Long finished three seconds ahead in the 15 and under 100m freestyle and open swimmer Maria Lyri was victorious in the 100m breaststroke by over three seconds.

It means the A team have now won promotion to the Premier Division for next season.

The club’s B team were also in action on the same night at their third fixture of the season in Droitwich.

And another exceptional team effort earned them second place behind Camp Hill Edwardians and secured a respectable mid-table position in the Division 3 league table.

Outstanding swims came from 12-year-old Erin Molloy who raced home seven seconds ahead of the second place swimmer in the 13 and under 100m butterfly and Fraser Blackhurst, 12, won the 13 and under 100m freestyle.

There were also first place finishes for Abbie Cooke, who took the 15 and under 100m breaststroke, and 14-year-old Matthew Pagan, who triumphed in his 15 and under 100m breaststroke race by an incredible 11 seconds.

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